Zdenko Krtić is a visual artist and associate professor of studio art (painting and drawing). Professor Krtić has exhibited work in galleries and museums both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions in Croatia, Italy, and Denmark. His work has been featured as a part of CNN network’s two editorial features: 9/11 Ripple: Ten Years Later (2011) and Power - America’s Choice (2012). Krtić has completed two artist residencies at the American Academy in Rome, Italy. Recently, he has been invited to serve as artist-in-residence at the University of Zagreb in Croatia.
For the past several years Professor Krtić has been actively involved with connecting Auburn University with two European programs located in Italy and Croatia. He was instrumental in establishing Art Department’s first study abroad program Art in Rome in partnership with University of Arkansas Rome Center. As a faculty director, he successfully led the program in 2011, 12 and 14. The program, now in its fifth year, continues to draw interests and participation not only from art majors but students from other colleges and universities.
One of the past program participants, and recent AU graduate Rachel Little, received a paid internship at Guggenheim Museum in Venice. In Rachel’s own words - this opportunity came directly as a result of study abroad experience that prepared me for this opportunity to live and work abroad.
Another ongoing initiative by Professor Krtić involves collaboration with University of Zagreb in Croatia, one of leading educational institutions in southeastern Europe. His initiative resulted in signing of the International Memorandum of Understanding agreement between AU College of Liberal Arts and Zagreb Art Academy. This first step opens doors for future exchanges between our two programs.